Local college roundup: Purdue Cal baseball lands Crystal Lake South standout
Post-Tribune staff report May 5, 2013 9:26PM
Updated: June 7, 2013 6:29AM
Purdue Calumet baseball coach Dave Griffin keeps building his new team as he landed the 17th member of his 2013 recruiting class. Crystal Lake South (Ill.) standout Lucas Schmidt agreed to continue his career with the Peregrines, joining high school teammate, Tom Gaede, as well as Clark graduate Micah Rooke, Bishop Noll grad Ryan Eger and Cole Garcia of Anaheim Hills, Calif.
“A middle infielder by trade, Luke swings a very good bat,” Griffin said. “Luke has a quiet confidence which should enhance his ability to stay out of slumps, and to contribute his freshman year.”
A 5-foot-10 middle infielder, Schmidt helped lead the Gators to a 28-10 record. He spent four seasons in an elite division of the MSBL and is currently on the Team Maxbat National Showcase team.
Fresh off its seventh trip to the national finals, the CCSJ men’s bowling team recently added three more signees to its 2013-14 recruiting class, making it five region bowlers and another from Florida joining NAIA coach of the year Mike Kubacki’s squad for next season.
The NWI standouts that signed letters of intent last week are Hebron’s Tim Victor, Chesterton’s Johnny Gorches and Eugene Herron III, who bowls youth league at Stardust Bowl III in Dyer. They join Hobart seniors Michael Blue and Jerry James, who signed their letters of intent a couple weeks ago.
James and Blue helped lead the Brickies to the state finals for the first time, finishing fourth. Herron averaged 202 this season with a high game of 289. Victor earned Post-Tribune all-area second-team honors after averaging 203 for the Hawks with an individual sectional title. Gorches earned P-T first-team honors with a 215 average and high game of 300 in league play.
Softball: CCSJ lost both of its games in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament games on May 2 at Tiger Field in Bourbonnais, Ill. The Crimson Wave lost to Robert Morris 3-1, then lost to St. Francis 9-2. Leadoff hitter and Boone Grove graduate Lauren Johnson went 3 for 8 in the two games while fellow Boone Grove grad Caitlin Wilcox had all three RBI in the two losses, including a two-run homer against St. Francis.
St. Joseph’s College
SJC baseball needed extra innings to defeat the University of Wisconsin Parkside 4-2 in Saturday’s opening contest. The Pumas rallied late to take the second game 6-1. Jake Roberts, Kolin Conner and Charlie Dennehey each had two hits in the first game. Dennehey added two more hits, including a home run, and three RBI in the second game. Brandon Brian also had a home run for SJC.
Softball: SJC fell in the second round of elimination games against William Jewell College 8-2 in the ninth game of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. SJC played three games on Saturday. WJC was also playing in its third game of the day and was on the rebound from an 11-2 loss to the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Kylie Weeks, Kalene Davis and Tiffany Gibson each had two hits in the loss.